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New York Times, Thursday, September 29, 2022

Author:
Jeremy Newton
Editor:
Will Shortz
"Which is a big deal, considering!"
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Newton.
Jeremy Newton notes:
I started this puzzle theme with a Monday-ish approach. Gathering up phrases like OVERSIZEBAGGAGE, FAMILYDRAMA, TOKYOSUBWAY, etc. All ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Jeremy is one of my favorite constructors regarding ideas that climb the ranks. AND THAT'S SAYING A LOT, considering how many ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times9/29/22 ( No. 26,623 )
Across
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Cartesian sum? : IAM
4
Quran keeper : IMAM
8
Spiff (up) : SNAZZ
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Molecule in some modern vaccines : RNA
14
Impressive diving score : NINE
15
Chachi's "Happy Days" sweetheart : JOANIE
16
"Which is a big deal, considering!" : ANDTHATSSAYINGALOT
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Line : QUEUE
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Maker of the Split Decision Breakfast : IHOP
21
Damsel : LASS
22
Def Jam, for DMX : LABEL
24
Spa day sounds : AAHS
26
Contest for millions on the West Coast : CALIFORNIALOTTO
32
Sierra Nevada's Dankful, e.g., in brief : IPA
34
It's a good look : SCAN
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It's a bad look : SNEER
36
Tear-stained, perhaps : DAMP
38
Landscaping tool : EDGER
41
Part of a healing process : SCAB
42
Common refrain in pre-K circles : EIEIO
44
Father of Norway's King Harald : OLAV
46
Royal Navy inits. : HMS
47
Popular skin moisturizer : ALOEVERALOTION
51
Family man : PAPA
52
"El ___ de los Anillos" (translation of a Tolkien title) : SENOR
54
Take off fast, with "out" : PEEL
57
Word with shoe or cap : SNOW
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Floated for fun, in a way : TUBED
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"So many layers here" … or a hint to the circled squares : ITSALOTTOUNPACK
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A big hit might break it : TOPTEN
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Often-pickled pods : OKRA
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One who may be out of the habit : NUN
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Result of an architect's winging it? : ANNEX
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Big wheel's place : HELM
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Word with clean or rot : DRY
Down
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Setting for Operation Red Dawn : IRAQ
2
Void : ANNUL
3
Appeared briefly : MADEACAMEO
4
How many salsa dancers dance : INHEELS
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God-knows-where, casually : MIA
6
Challenging : ANTI
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Go together nicely : MESH
8
Miso base : SOY
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Some spots that need polish : NAILSALONS
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Actress Gunn : ANNA
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Veers sharply : ZIGS
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Extremist group : ZEALOTS
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"Homeland" of the monsters Mothra and Gamera : JAPAN
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Big band staple : TUBA
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Take off : SOAR
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Pet peeves? : LICE
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Introductory remarks : HIS
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Everybody's doing it : FAD
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Like a blocked penalty kick, in soccer : ONGOAL
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Group putting out electronic music : TECHNOBAND
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Group often told to "Go!" : TEAM
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Eyes, poetically : ORBS
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Starting point for a plan : IDEA
33
Beach mold : PAIL
37
Quiche base : PIEPLATE
39
Grp. with the 1977 hit double album "Out of the Blue" : ELO
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"Oh, fudge!" : RATS
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Fertility clinic donations : OVA
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World's largest producer of black pepper : VIETNAM
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Printing giant : EPSON
49
Go off : RANT
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"Get ___" (2014 James Brown biopic) : ONUP
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Come back : RECUR
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Pocket stuffed with tabbouleh, maybe : PITA
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Windsor Castle neighbor : ETON
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Presenter of many games : ESPN
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Tweeter's "That said …" : OTOH
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Socially "with it" : WOKE
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Fashion house with a Manhattan HQ : DKNY
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First name in DC Comics villainy : LEX
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Certain link : URL

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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